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BJP's Trivendra Singh Rawat to Take Oath as Uttarakhand CM Today

The BJP scored a massive victory in Uttarakhand winning 56 of the 70 seats in the state to storm to power, reducing Congress to a minuscule minority in the state Assembly with a poor tally of 11 seats.

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Updated:March 18, 2017, 10:58 AM IST
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BJP's Trivendra Singh Rawat to Take Oath as Uttarakhand CM Today
Chief Minister-designate of BJP in Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat staking claim to form the government in the state by meeting the Governor.
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New Delhi: Long-time Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist Trivendra Singh Rawat will take oath as the next Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on Saturday afternoon.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah are likely to attend the grand ceremony at the Parade Grounds.

Rawat will be sworn in as the ninth Chief Minister of the hill state.

The BJP on Friday named Trivendra Singh Rawat as its chief minister-designate in Uttarakhand.

The CM designate Trivendra Singh Rawat met Governor KK Paul and claimed the support of 57 MLAs to form the government.

The BJP scored a massive victory in Uttarakhand winning 56 of the 70 seats in the state to storm to power, reducing Congress to a minuscule minority in the state Assembly with a poor tally of 11 seats.

An RSS veteran, since 1979, Trivendra did his post-graduation in journalism. He was appointed as an Uttarakhand organisational secretary for five years in 1970. Rawat also served as state cabinet minister in 2007 under BC Khanduri.

Coupled with his administrative and organisational skills and experience, his loyalty to the party and RSS ideology seemed to have won the day for him.

So impressed was Home Minister Rajnath Singh with his unflinching devotion that while asking people to vote for Rawat, he had said, "Trivendra Singh Rawat ne kabhi apni nishtha nahin badli (he never switched his loyalty)."

The ringing endorsement by the fellow Thakur leader from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh seems to have worked for Rawat, 56, who wrested the Doiwala seat from Congress with an impressive margin of 24,869 votes to win it for the third time.

His organisational skills were put to test in Jharkhand where he came out with flying colours, guiding the BJP to a resounding electoral victory in the assembly polls in 2014 as party in-charge.

Born in December 1960 into a family where serving in the armed forces was a tradition, with his father Pratap Singh Rawat in Garhwal Rifles, he studied in a school built of mud and thatch in his native village of Khairasain in Pauri Garhwal district.

Though average in studies, Rawat evinced keen interest in socio-cultural work at an early age, a fact which explains his joining the RSS aged 19 years.

Six years later, he was appointed RSS pracharak for Dehradun city.

Considered a man rooted in rural traditions, Rawat loves hill delicacies and keeps visiting his village from time to time to relish those, especially during winter when he loves to eat millet (Manduwa) rotis, his elder brother Veerendra says.

Shyam Jaju, BJP Uttarakhand in-charge, informed that PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Trivendra Rawat.

(With agency inputs)

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